you are using a Windows Mobile Pocket PC and GPS, this utility might become
handy if you want to use more than just one GPS application in parallel. Franson
Technology recently released Franson GpsGate 2.0, a Windows and Pocket PC
utility that lets you run many GPS applications using a single GPS receiver. New
features in GpsGate 2.0 are the ability to share a GPS over ActiveSync or
Bluetooth. Support for Garmin software and GPS receivers. And GpsGate 2.0 will
let you connect Google Earth to a normal GPS, something that otherwise isn't
GPS users often have several applications that they want to run
simultaneously. Without Franson GpsGate, it's necessary to shut down one
application before beginning another. With Franson GpsGate, you can share one
GPS among several applications. Simply create additional virtual serial ports,
and any GPS applications can connect to them.
With Franson GpsGate, power
boaters and sailors can access their navigation systems and, at the same time,
use other GPS software. Car drivers will benefit by being able to switch between
their route-planning software and driver's journal. Amateur pilots can
simultaneously access their flight plans and weather data.
Franson GpsGate has a built-in simulator. Define a set of waypoints and
Franson GpsGate will simulate a GPS traveling between those waypoints.
GpsGate also has a built-in logger. It's easy to log and play back real-time GPS
data. You can save real-time scenarios, and use them for analysis,
demonstration, or software development back in the office.
In addition to
sharing, simulating, and logging GPS functions, Franson GpsGate can be used to
perform a number of specialized GPS-related functions. For example, many NMEA
GPS applications cannot communicate with the Garmin GPS 18 because it is a USB
device. Franson GpsGate lets you connect your USB hardware and GPS software.
Franson GpsGate can be used by people on a LAN, with several mobile Windows
computers and a single GPS device.
Every month, more and more GPS applications
are being released for both the Windows and Pocket PC platforms. With Franson
GpsGate, you can assign each application to a virtual serial port and run them
simultaneously, using a single GPS.
Franson GpsGate Standard for Windows or
for Pocket PC costs US$ 29.95 for a single-user license. Franson GpsGate
Express, a light version of Franson GpsGate Standard, is available for US$ 9.95
for either platform. You can download free, 14-day trial versions. An OEM
version of Franson GpsGate Express is available. The OEM kit allows software and
hardware developers to make their offerings more valuable by letting other GPS
applications coexist with mapping software. Developers can extend GpsGate using
the new GpsGate SDK.
Cheers ~ Arne